The Weeknd sweeps! And other highlights from the 2021 Juno Awards

Ameko Eks Mass Carroll
Story by Ameko Eks Mass Carroll • CBC Kids News • Published 2021-06-07 18:30

Ameko chats with JP Saxe, Haviah Mighty and Ali Gatie


The 50th annual Juno Awards have officially wrapped, and — as usual — we’ve seen that Canada has enough talent to fill the Great Lakes.

The milestone virtual ceremony included big wins for The Weeknd, performances from Justin Bieber and Jessie Reyez and presentations from legends like Shania Twain.

CBC Kids News contributor Ameko Carroll tuned in virtually from his bedroom to interview some of the big winners from the night on how it felt to feel the love from the north country.

Check out the video below to hear breakthrough artist of the year JP Saxe, artist of the year nominee Ali Gatie and Polaris Prize winner and Juno performer Haviah Mighty tell us what makes Canadian music so unique.

The Weeknd

The Weeknd was the big winner of the night, taking home both artist and album of the year, as well as three other awards, bringing his total Juno count to 15 wins.

However, the night’s big winner was a no-show.

Justin Bieber

Eight-time Juno Award winner Justin Bieber, who won this year’s pop album of the year prize, opened the show with an energetic performance of his single Somebody.

It was his first Juno performance in 11 years.

Shawn Mendes

This year’s fan choice award went to Pickering, Ontario’s Shawn Mendes.

He beat other fan faves including Lennon Stella, Tate McRae, Curtis Waters, The Weeknd and a handful of other Canadian superstars.

Rap recognized

Haviah Mighty, the 2019 Polaris Prize winner, joined Canadian hip-hop royalty Maestro Fresh Wes, Jully Black, NAV, Kardinal Offishal and more in a performance to honour the 30th anniversary of the rap recording category at the Junos.

JP Saxe

Singer-songwriter JP Saxe beat TikTok superstars Tate McRae, Powfu and Curtis Waters to win breakthrough artist of the year and gave an emotional performance with collaborator Julia Michaels.

JP Saxe and Julia Michaels performing If the World was Ending at the 2021 Junos. (Image credit: CBC Music/YouTUbe)

Old-school Canadiana

Closing out the night was a bombshell team-up between Feist and The Tragically Hip, performing the song It's a Good Life If You Don't Weaken.

It was the group's first televised performance since the death of frontman Gord Downie in 2017.

CBC Kids News contributor Ameko Carroll snuck in the last question of the night for the group. Check it out in the video below!

With files from Jackson Weaver/CBC
TOP IMAGE CREDIT:  Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images, Ameko Carroll, graphic design by Philip Street/CBC

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About the Contributor

Ameko Eks Mass Carroll
Ameko Eks Mass Carroll
CBC Kids News Contributor
Ameko Eks Mass Carroll is a 14-year-old nature enthusiast from Northern British Columbia who’s passionate about animals, music, politics and fishing. Ameko is genderfluid (he/him his, but is not insulted by any pronoun). Ameko made Canadian history as the first Canadian actor submitted to both male and female categories of Canadian award shows (The Leo’s and Joeys) for the film Limina. He won a Special Achievement Award at the Joeys for his bravery in fighting for inclusivity and diversity.

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